With the rise of cord-cutting and the expansion of 4K-streaming video, the world of on-demand content continues to get better and better.
Roku recently announced a refresh of their entire lineup of devices, which will roll out over the course of the coming holiday season. Five new models are being introduced to the Roku family, with features ranging from support for 4K- and HDR- streaming video to integrated voice search, so you can simply tell your TV what you want to watch without having to lift a finger.
When it comes to media streaming devices and set-top boxes, Google Chromecast and Apple TV tend to soak up a lot of the spotlight. And if you’re mostly into YouTube or if you’ve got a large library of iTunes content to your name, those are fine choices. But if you’re looking for something more, a Roku player has generally been the most recommended way to go for years. Why?
For starters, Roku offers access to the largest selection of apps and streaming channels of any media-streaming device—by far. Along with favourites like Netflix, Crackle, and YouTube, a Roku player offers upwards of 2500 distinct streaming channels to choose from, including entire catalogues of niche content, such as foreign-language channels and kids channels.
When it’s time to find a movie to rent or a TV show to buy, the Roku search feature shows you all of your options at once, including whether the title you’re looking for is free on Netflix. This way you only have to search once, rather than searching for the same title in a variety of apps. This also lets you easily rent or buy the title where it’s the cheapest.
The new family of Roku devices begin launching this week, so if you’re looking to upgrade or enhance your home entertainment experience, it’s never been a better time to stray from the likes of Chromecast and Apple TV.